Amping Up the Cooking

I’ve been unemployed for two weeks. In those two weeks, I feel like the dishwasher has constantly been running, and it has because I’ve been cooking up a storm. It’s much easier to make a home-cooked meal every night when you don’t have to work eight hours a day beforehand, that’s for sure. Hopefully, I’ll find a way to make this habit stick once I find a job. I am really enjoying both the cooking and the eating. The dish washing, not so much.

Last night, we had fish. I find that the only frozen fish that I like is from Trader Joe’s. I don’t know why, but it tastes so much better. Much better than Whole Foods even. Last night we had salmon.


I was trying to clean up the desktop of my computer (seriously, it’s a mess) and found a folder called recipes. I have no idea where these came from really, but there was about 80 text edit documents with different recipes on them. A google search of the ingredients told me that this Dijon Salmon recipe was originally from Sparkpeople.

With the salmon, we had Mediterranean Kale and Steamfresh Risotto that’s hiding out in the background there. I received this Risotto for free as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s Program and it’s been in my freezer for months. I didn’t expect to like it, as I don’t really like cooked peas or carrots, but it was pretty tasty. I want to try making my own risotto one day. Preferably while I’m still unemployed because I’ve heard it’s pretty time consuming.


Tonight’s dinner was more of a Lee meal than a Lee and Jason one. I usually save meals that I think look good but Jason might not for Wednesday or Thursday nights, when he is sleeping because of his work schedule.


Jason is not a big fan of soup. I, on the other hand, absolutely love it. Growing up, I ate a lot of canned soup. While I still do buy cans from time to time (I have a preference for Progresso), nothing can beat homemade soup. This was Mushroom Millet Soup with Cheezy Garlic Bread from Oh She Glows.

It’s only two meals so it doesn’t look like much, but I definitely have amped up the cooking a ton. Now I just have to figure out how to do that with the cleaning!

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14 Responses to Amping Up the Cooking

  1. I’ve never bought fish at TJ’s…looks good though!

  2. Good for you with the cooking! It all looks wonderful. I actually like coming home to cook after work – it’s my creative outlet/break from a screen.

  3. I make a huge pot of soup at least once a week during the cooler months. I’d die if my husband didn’t eat it LOL. I’ll have to try the fish from TJ’s as homemade fish sticks are one of my kids’ favorite meals.

  4. Thats cause TJs is awesome :). I bet the man is loving all of the cooking! He doesn’t like soup? Craziness….

  5. That all looks great! I love it when I have time to cook at home more. I get into good cycles with it, but always end up falling off the wagon for a week or two.

  6. I’m glad you are taking advantage of your free time. If I were you I would make big batches of stuff to freeze because I am betting you will get a job any day now!

  7. Nice! I want to try that mushroom and millet soup from Oh She Glows. Did you like it?

  8. There are some rumors going around that we might lose a big part of our revenue in the office where I work, and if anyone gets laid off it will be me, so I have been trying to think positively in case it does happen and one thing I was happy to think about is how much fun I could have in the kitchen! :)

  9. Everything looks yummy :)

  10. Lee!! Your picture of the plated salmon is beautiful! It looks so professional! This meal looks delicious. I’ll have to try it sometime. Good use of your free time btw. You’re making the most of a stinky situation. I’m proud of you :)

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